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Samoyed

Fun. Fluffy. Fur-ball. The stunning Siberian Samoyed was originally bred for herding reindeer through the snow and has evolved into a wonderful urban pet. With its thick white coat and adorable smiley face, Samoyeds are a show-stopping addition to any active family.

Where I'm From

Samoyeds are one of the world's oldest dog breeds. They are members of Spitz-type breed of dog that originated in the arctic regions of Siberia, where they also derived their name. Thought to be the result of crossbreeding between wild dogs and wolves. Over thousands of years, residents of the region further developed the breed as companion and herding dogs. Bred to herd reindeer instead of hunt, pull sleds through the snow, act as community watchdogs and even bed warmers.

Samoyeds have also been used by intrepid explorers as sled dogs for arctic expeditions to the North and South Poles since the late 1800s.

What I Look Like

Samoyeds are usually a startling white colour but also come in cream varieties. With a very fluffy double coat, they were well-designed for their native, snow-covered Siberian motherland. Dark eyes and a black nose sit starkly against their white fur, which is set between pointy, upstanding ears. Also of note is their cute curly tail.

How I Act

Samoyeds are kind-natured dogs that love and need to be around people and are especially good with children. They love attention and play. However, if they are not sufficiently stimulated they can become bored and destructive.

Very intelligent and independent, they can be challenging to train and require consistent obedience training from a young age. They are especially good at chasing and pulling things, including you when you take them on a walk, so teaching them to walk well on a lead is paramount. Socialisation of this breed is also important so that they are comfortable and not aggressive towards other dogs or people.

Samoyeds are work dogs and love exercise. For these pups exercise isn't just moving their bodies but using their minds. They react well to challenging games and love a good rope-pulling workout with their human master.

Looking After Me

Though generally a healthy and hardy dog, as direct descendants from only a small group of forefathers, Samoyeds can suffer from a number of genetic problems, which include diabetes, progressive blindness and heart issues.

Samoyed Hereditary Glomerulopathy is particularly troublesome, with a sick dog suffering from renal failure and an early death. Hip dysplasia can be another concern. Genetic testing is available for most of these diseases and should be checked before purchasing your Samoyed pup.

Samoyeds typically live for 12-16 years.

They need high-quality dry food twice a day as per packaging recommendations. Though a delicious lean meat treat would never go astray.

With that long, luxurious coat Samoyeds look like they might need some extra attention to stay prettily preened. In reality, Samoyed fur is a natural dirt repellent. Their coat only requires daily brushing when seasonally shedding otherwise a weekly brush will suffice. Bathing every couple of months may be less time consuming if done by professionals.

Though their coat is made for winter, it also provides a good, reflective layer in the summer months to keep cool. Samoyed hair has even been harvested to make weather resistant clothing!

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Cockatiel plucking her feathers

Hi! I hope you can help me with my cockatiel, I write from Spain and here they aren't that common so vets don't know much about treating them. I have a 5 years old female cockatiel and she is very affectionate, 2 years ago I had to spend a couple of months at a hospital and my parents during that time were either working or visiting me, so she felt lonely and started plucking her feathers. Even after I went back home she continued with this behaviour and hasn't stopped. I took her to different vets, they told me to give her small amounts of a syrup that was meant for calming itching and an antibiotic in case it was something producing an itching, but neither worked. I also tried a spray called "Pluck-no-more" with the same results. In case she was lonely we got her a mate, but it may be also female since they don't pay attention to each other at all. She rubs her cloaca on the perch often but the other tiel ignores it (the pet shop said it was male but they said the same with her and then she laid an egg...). The layer that covers the feather while growing (not sure of the name in English) doesn't grow normally, looks more like bland plastic than a hard cover like the ones on my other birds pin feathers (besides her, I have another cockatiel and a lovebird). Is as if the feathers on the plucking areas aren't growing correctly. The areas she plucks are under the wings, the part where wings join the body, and the body area that is covered by the wings while resting. While plucking she lets out small cries. The fluff covers these areas so by just looking at her isn't easy to tell, unless you watch her while preening. I let her play outside of the cage very often, but lately she can't fly well and I think it may be caused by the loss of these feathers. As I said, vets in this area are more specialized in cats and dogs and know little about parrots, so I hope you can advise me since these birds are native to Australia. Is there some kind of balm or spray I can apply on her skin to soothe it? Some medicine I can ask my local vet to use? I love her and it hurts seeing her in pain everytime she preens. Any advice would be much appreciated. Greetings from Spain!